Goochland County Department of Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services has an opening for an Emergency Management Coordinator

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This position manages and coordinates Goochland County’s emergency management program and operations.  The Emergency Management Coordinator is a member of the Goochland County Department of Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services (GCFR) management and under general supervision of the Fire-Rescue Chief, employee shall provide general leadership for all assigned staff in support of County and Department mission, policies, and directives. Directs the County’s response to all types of natural and man-made disasters; manages the logistics and operations of the County’s Emergency Operations Center; coordinates County services and public information during disasters; directs the staff, operations and response efforts of Goochland County in preparation for and in response to all types of disasters in order to minimize risk to people and property; plans for and coordinates local and regional responses with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, area hospitals and medical facilities and service providers, area businesses, local organizations, and government agencies, and other identified viable local, regional, state and federal resources; performs other duties as assigned. Employee must also exercise tact, courtesy, and firmness in contact with the public. This employee reports to the GCFR Fire-Rescue Chief.

This position is essential. Personnel occupying this position may be scheduled to work regardless of weather conditions and/or when general County offices are closed.

Person(s) in this position will encounter sensitive information in the performance of their duties and is expected to maintain that information confidentially.

Essential Functions

  • Serves as the County’s primary representative for emergency management including mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery to include providing training in all phases of emergency management
  • Directs the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when activated; typically works in an office setting.
  • Work with appropriate representatives of the County, internal and external customers, vendors, non-government organizations, and other stakeholders.
  • Oversees the development, maintenance, evaluation, and update of the Emergency Operations Plan, COOP plans, etc.
  • Plan for and coordinate local and regional responses with local, state, regional appointed/elected officials, business and community leaders, and other related stakeholders.
  • Manage the Emergency Management budget including LEMPG (Local Emergency Management Planning Grant) and REPP (Radiological Emergency Preparedness Programs) grant funds. Develops grant initiatives; seeks out new grant opportunities. Manages State and Federal emergency management grants as necessary.
  • Evaluates and administers emergency preparedness planning and response initiatives, including logistics and resources
  • Consults with the Chief, Deputy Chief and other officials to review department operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations.
  • Serves as an advisor to the Incident Commander in the event of natural or man-made disasters, ensuring proper deployment of personnel and equipment; assesses, evaluates, and secures incident scenes; determines the necessity for additional resources and personnel and determines appropriate containment, recovery, and mitigation tactics.
  • Provides support to both GCFR and Sheriff’s Office during calls for lost individuals and coordinates/participates in searches for missing persons.
  • Oversees the County’s operation and maintenance of the Emergency Alerting software (CODE RED).
  • Communicates with supervisors, employees, dispatchers, other departments, fire officials, government officials, law enforcement officials, medical personnel, property owners/occupants, victims, family members, utility companies, insurance companies, contractors, vendors, civic organizations, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice or direction.
  • Attends various meetings; serves on committees as needed; makes speeches or presentations.  Represents the County at the Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance.
  • Ensure the awareness of applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures; maintains an awareness of new equipment, methods, procedures, and advances in the profession; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations; participates in continuing education activities on topics such as hazardous material containment, emergency rescue, equipment techniques, street layout, or building/hydrant location; attends meetings,
  • Oversees the County’s emergency management vehicles, trailers, and supplies.
  • Performs other related duties as required and as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of emergency preparedness and response; continuity of operations planning; workplace safety practices, programs, and regulations; environmental practices, programs, and compliance for all man-made, natural, and technological disasters.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of emergency management organization and administration.
  • Knowledge of emergency disaster response administration, sheltering, damage assessment, and debris management
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize HSEEP for large exercises.
  • Thorough knowledge of the physical layout of the County.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, ordinances, and codes pertaining to emergency management related activities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and resources of modern emergency preparedness methods, techniques, planning and execution.
  • Knowledge of hazard mitigation practices and available funding sources.
  • Knowledge of strategies and terminology related to emergency management.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of regulations and rules for the protection of life, data and property.
  • Knowledge of emergency communication technologies.
  • Knowledge of related federal and state grant programs, application, and administration.
  • Skill in problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Skill in the use of various office equipment and software including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Skill in effective time management and ability to adapt to changing situations.
  • Ability to handle challenging or tense situations, maintaining calmness in stressful or adverse situations.
  • Ability to exercise sound independent judgement and take initiative.
  • Ability to plan and execute emergency preparedness trainings.
  • Ability to observe and make a critical analysis, organize and command personnel and equipment in emergency situations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, management, elected officials, external agencies and jurisdictions, and the general public.
  • Skill in managing the dynamics of groups.
  • Ability to present ideas clearly and concisely both orally and written.
  • Ability to prepare reports, proposals, plans, and recommendations.

Educational , Experience and Training

  • Bachelor’s degree with coursework in emergency management, disaster management, public safety, planning, or related field,
  • Five (5) years of progressively responsible leadership in managing and directing public sector response efforts to natural and man-made disasters, including coordinating and planning for events at the local and regional levels;
  • OR, any equivalent combination of education, experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Certification as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or Virginia Professional Emergency Manager (VaPEM), or equivalent certification and/or able to obtain during the 2 years of employment.


  • Completion of the National Emergency Management Basic Academy within 2 years of hire.   Basic Academy (EMPP) | VDEM (
  • Must possess or be able to obtain Emergency Vehicle Operation Certification (EVOC) within two (2) months of employment
  • Must possess NIMS ICS 700, 800, ICS 100, 200, 300, 400 certifications
  • Current Virginia Emergency Medical Technician Certification preferred
  • Current CPR Certification
  • Must have and maintain a valid Commonwealth of Virginia driver’s license, and driving record meeting insurability requirements
  • Complete IMT 305 course within one year. Complete FEMA Planning Section Chief course certification within one year.
  • Position specific IMT role; participate with CVAHIMT (Central Virginia All Hazards Incident Management Team)
  • Must be able to successfully pass a public safety background check in order to be able to work in the EOC located in the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office, and handle law enforcement sensitive information.

Physical Demands and Working Environment
Must possess physical abilities, visual and hearing acuity sufficient to ensure the safety of self and others onsite during emergency operations and exercises.  Must be physically able to operate a variety of equipment including but not limited to radio communications, radiological monitoring, shelter, or general office equipment, to include a computer, copier, telephone, etc. Tasks require the ability to exert physical effort, typically involving some combination of balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, and the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of objects and materials (up to 100 pounds) and occasionally heavier items (100 pounds or over).   Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have high levels of eye/hand/foot coordination. Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of color. Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing perceiving nature of sounds by ear) and to communicate via

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